Veranstaltungshinweis: Sex Of The Oppressed — Between Sex and Politics

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Presentation of the book SEX OF THE OPPRESSED by Nikolay Oleynikov (Moscow, 2013)

Followed by discussion BETWEEN SEX AND POLITICS
and poetical readings

Participants: Nikolay Oleynikov, Anke Hennig, Oxana Timofeeva, Kirill  Medvedev, Keti Chukhrov, Aaron Schuster, Marina Vishmidt

  • Friday, 4 July, 18.00 – Instut für Slawistik, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Dorotheenstr. 65, room 5.57)
  • Sunday, 6 July, 18.00 – Merve Verlag (Crellestr. 22, Hinterhof, 4. Etage)

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SEX OF THE OPPRESSED is an experiment in introspection about sexualities, gender and radical sensibilities in Soviet and Post-Soviet culture. Why has „sex never happened“ in Russia, why does it „not exist“ and why will it probably never work? How is it that in contemporary late-Putinite Russia there is such incredible rage whipped up against the queer, gay and feminist theories and practices? What brought Russia to implement outrageous  proto-medieval anti-gay laws? What is, in general, the relation between sex and politics, sex and revolution, sex and the dialectics between oppression and liberation?

Nikolay Oleynikov, the recognized Russian left-wing activist and artist, member of Chto Delat? collective, and originator of numerous important cultural initiatives, busily sets about answering these questions in dialogue  with his close friends. These include the philosopher and poet Keti Chukhrov; Oxana Timofeeva, also a philosopher and a member of Chto Delat?; the queer  activist and scholar Grey Violet; and Kirill Medvedev, the renowned poet, translator, radical socialist activist and frontman of the Arkadiy
Kots band. The edition is in Russian language, and it also includes three new series of graphic works by Nikolay Oleynikov.

„The collection of these dialogues, interrogations and epistolary confessions-in its preoccupation with forms, genres of communication and the  eclecticism of its content has something (as I’ve stated above) Shklovskian about it. By reprocessing in a certain haphazard way-a discourse on sex and gender frees the Post-Soviet Left from the dogmas and conformisms that have accrued in the Western Left on this topic“ (Giuliano Vivaldi).

Working language: English

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